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Yoder receives annual UPS Scholarship

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Renicia Yoder, a Bethel College senior, has been selected to receive a UPS Scholarship for 2011-12, provided through the Kansas Independent College Association (KICA) Fund.

Yoder, from Newton, is a graduate of Escuela Internacional Sampedrana in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and is the daughter of Myrna Yoder of Newton and Mark Yoder of Albuquerque.

At Bethel, Yoder is majoring in elementary education. She is a four-year starter at midfield for the Thresher women’s soccer team.

KICA, based in Topeka, is a statewide association for private colleges and universities and is affiliated with the Council of Independent Colleges. At the national level, CIC teams up with the UPS Foundation to distribute funding of the UPS Scholarship. This year, CIC awarded nearly $1.45 million in scholarships from its UPS Educational Endowment Fund to private institutions of higher learning across the nation. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of the students’ academic achievement and financial need.

The UPS Educational Endowment Fund, which is held and administered by CIC, was established in the 1980s through endowment gifts from the UPS Foundation. Since its inception, this fund has awarded $48 million in scholarship support to more than 16,000 students nationwide.

“A college degree opens the door to countless opportunities,” said Ken Sternad, president of the UPS Foundation. “UPS takes great pride in our partnership with CIC and in our support of thousands of students over the years who have been able to pursue an education from our nation’s private colleges.”

“This joint UPS/CIC scholarship program has a direct, tangible impact on the education and careers of hundreds of young men and women each year,” said Richard Ekman, president of CIC. “Because so many don’t have the financial resources to complete their college education, the UPS Scholarships are critically important.”

The Council of Independent Colleges, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is an association of nearly 700 independent, liberal arts colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that work together to strengthen college and university leadership, sustain high-quality education and enhance private higher education’s contributions to society.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2011-12 analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2011-12. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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